Jim LaPierre, LCSW, CCS
Jim LaPierre LCSW, CCS has worked in social services with a combined experience of over thirty years. He is the owner and director of Higher Ground Services in Brewer, Maine. He is a recovery ally, an LGBTQ+ ally, a mental health therapist, addictions counselor, and professional coach for healers and entrepreneurs. For nearly 20 years now, Jim has specialized in facilitating recovery from addiction, trauma, depression, anxiety, and past abuse. His true passion is teaching, training, and clinically supervising - helping healers and helpers to become healthier and more effective. He is the author of The best therapy: A guide for wounded healers. Jim is an adjunct instructor at Husson University and supports several grassroots missions. Jim is the cofounder of Sobernow.com, an online addiction recovery program that is affordable and provides complete anonymity.
Michelle Fiorella, D.O., ABIHM
Michelle comes from an eclectic background: medicine, psychiatry, holistic healing, counseling, and several areas of complimentary medicine. No stranger to personal trauma, she has devoted over 25 years connecting with many fields of healing. She has worked with, for, and alongside combat veterans, folks who live with eating disorders, people experiencing narcissistic abuse and gaslighting, and survivors of emotional, mental, and physical abuse. She has experience in addiction recovery, including sexual addiction, affected others and systemic family interplay. She has opened up workshops on burnout, moral injury and overcoming personal and vicarious trauma as experienced by those in the counseling and healing. services, including clergy, clinicians, caregivers and frontline staff.
The Coaching Team
Emma Swift, MHRT-C
Emma has been working in the mental health field in a variety of roles for many years now. She is passionate about facilitating personal exploration and transformation. Emma is especially enthusiastic about life and recovery coaching and serving folks in the healing and helping professions.
Janice Gillen, LMSW-CC
Janice holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work and has worked in the Bangor area as a clinical psychotherapist for over 8 years. Janice uses a tailored approach to therapy based on each client’s needs, often utilizing cognitive behavioral methods and psychodynamic approaches. She believes in self-empowerment and is here to help you reach your goals.
Chuck MacKay, LCPC
Chuck McKay, LCPC is an experienced therapist, coach, educator, and writer. He has published a humor book on spiritual growth and has extensively researched burnout and burnout prevention. In his spare time, he enjoys playing board games and making silly jokes.
Haley Beem, LCPC-c, LADC, CCS
Haley holds a bachelor’s degree in Mental Health and Human Services from the University of Maine at Augusta. She brings with her an extensive knowledge of the recovery process and social service systems, as well as being DEEP certified. Haley is currently a graduate student in the Clinical Counseling program at Husson College.
Kim Hammill, LMSW-cc
As an experienced therapist, coach, and organizer, Kimberly Hammill is committed to helping wounded healers heal. Kimberly has training in transformational leadership and researches compassion fatigue and recovery. Kimberly’s interests include volunteering for community projects, and she is well-known for activism across the State of Maine.
Coaching for healers & helpers is available as single consultations or ongoing support.
Jim LaPierre & Michelle Fiorella are available for consultation or executive coaching at a rate of $249 per hour.
The coaches are accessible through videoconferencing or phone at a rate of $125 per hour.
We additionally offer email consultation & coaching:
Single email (up to 500 words with response) $79
Up to 3 emails per week: $149
Up to 7 emails per week: $229
We ask that you inquire by sharing a brief history as well as questions and goals moving forward to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond within two business days to all inquiries. Payment for services are due at time of scheduling.